Hi there Pooklet! I’m so glad to see you posting again. I just wondered whether you had any tips for playing large families in small lots? I’ve always admired your ability to somehow fit so many people in what looks like such a small space! I much prefer small lots and hoods but I always end up feeling like I’ve run out of space and getting frustrated.
Mostly, I rely on walkthrough blocks to maximize the space available to me. I talked more about them here, and also here are some examples of them in use (the bathrooms in particular). The less negative space, the better. These days 2x2 is the standard size of a legacy lot for me. I recently made a 3x3 house and it seemed absolutely cavernous in comparison. I also use ACR 2.0 which comes with inaccessible beds built in, so I can cram double beds up against walls in small rooms.
I mean, that’s pretty much it. I started out using a lot of 1x1 houses and getting used to maximizing the space in those lots with walkthrough blocks so I can shove in ALL the furniture in, but the sims can still navigate the layout without any screaming and handwaving. I still use 1x1 lots for small families (like 4-5 sims max), but in legacies I tend to need a 2x2 lot to juggle 10 or so sims at once.
Oh, also! I use a lot of bunk beds in kids’ rooms, since I never know how big a generation is going to be. It makes it easier to throw in an extra bed for stealth pregnancies.